First off… CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 You’ve found the right person for you to spend the rest of your days with and you’ve got a list of ideas and thoughts on what you wish to do for your big day; But what do you do directly after you’ve said yes? Don’t get too overwhelmed, but you’ll be sorry that you didn’t do these things later on down the road!
You’ll want to make sure that you tell your family members about this big, grand announcement! This is something to shout from the roof tops about! Be sure to let even your aunts, uncles, and cousins know too! They will be thrilled for you and this will save the “why didn’t you tell me about this sooner?” and hurt of maybe not making that personal phone call. This doesn’t have to be an uber-grand announce, seriously, a phone call will do!
Sized and Insured
Be sure you get your ring sized specifically to you (yes, I know, you don’t want to take it off… But you really don’t want to lose it!). No person is alike and neither should the size of your engagement ring. If you take it back to where the ring was purchased, they can help you with this!
As for insurance, you can purchase plans at your jewelry store (where the ring was purchased) and have them replace elements on the ring (or in some cases, the entire ring) if something happens to it when you purchase their insurance plan.
Also, you may purchase insurance (called a rider) through your home owners or renters insurance to cover the cost of your ring in case of the event where it is misplaced or stolen.
Set a Date
Everyone is going to ask, “When are you getting married?” or “When is the big day?” and you will get tired of it. You’ll get sick of hearing them ask, so just set time. A month and a year will be good, like “September of 2018!”, is ok. Don’t focus too hard on this right now because you can set this in stone later when reality of wedding planning sets it!
Yes! Celebrate. You need to let it set in that you and your fiance are going to be married! Husband and wife. Can you believe it? Believe it! Because you are getting married to your best friend! Go out and celebrate it! Have dinner, enjoy time with family and friends as a newly engaged couple.
Hire A Wedding Planner
This is optional. You do not have to feel obligated to hire a wedding planner, but this would be the time to hire one if you were going to. Wedding planners can cost you money and save you money, but it is totally up to you if you want to utilize a wedding planner!
A wedding jar… Yes, a wedding jar. Use this for extra or spare change, whenever you break a dollar, put the change in this jar. If you have spare cash (do any of us actually have that?), pop it in the jar. Once the jar is full, roll the change and deposit the money into a special account to save for the wedding and the honeymoon.
Ask your separate families, both sets of parents, to fill out address books with people that are significant in your lives. The address book can be later used for sending out Christmas cards then! This is a great way to build your guest list. Let them know that the intention of this address book is for the creation of your guest list!
Take a breather. Have a weekend where you don’t do a thing. Stay home and relax. Don’t get out of your pajamas. You are going to have plenty of times where you will wish that you had sat down and relaxed after you’ve started the madness of wedding planning!
You’ve got the first eight steps of your post-engagement done, a hundred more to go until you’re mr. and mrs.!! Keep going with your planning and your big day will make for the best day ever! Happy planning!!!